Haze Clinging to Slopes of Himalayas, India and Bangladesh26.0N 85.2E
Haze clings to the southern slopes of the Himalayas in northern India and spreads southward over the Ganges River in Bangladesh. The tall peaks prevent it from blowing northward into Nepal and China. Likely caused by a combination of smoke and pollutants, the haze is a visible reminder of how air quality in both India and Bangladesh has emerged as a significant problem over the past ten years. Pollution in Calcutta, the third-most populous city in India, has increased by over 11.5 percent, while pollution in Bangalore has increased dramatically, by over 34 percent.